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U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Jackson Area Office
3780 I-55 North, Suite 210
Jackson, MS 39211-6323
(601) 965-4606; Fax (601) 965-4610

ELECTRIC POWER ASSOCIATIONS OF MISSISSIPPI
ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

August 9, 2009

 
  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    Originally signed May 23, 2003 and Renewed June 27, 2005

    Overview:

    Alliance focused on establishing a collaborative relationship between OSHA and Electric Power Associations of Mississippi, which will reduce and prevent employee exposure to electrical transmission and distribution equipment hazards.

    Implementation Team Membership:

    Representatives from OSHA and Electric Power Associations of Mississippi

    Contributors:

    Same as above

    Evaluation Period:

    August 6, 2008, through August 7, 2009

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Meeting held on a quarterly basis – 11/17/08, 1/15/09, 4/7/09, and 8/26/09

  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    Events
     
    • During this period the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi presented monthly safety programs for all members.
    • During this period the Holmes Community College Apprentice Electric Lineman School College.
    • During this period the following courses were conducted by EPA of MS members:
       
      • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Apprentice Electric Lineman School.
      • Electric Power Associations of Mississippi sponsored Basic Lineman School.
      • Electric Power Associations of Mississippi sponsored Advance Lineman School.
    Products
     
    • None
    Outreach and Communication

    Events
     
    • Several articles, focused on workplace safety and health, were posted in Today in Mississippi, which is the official publication of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi.
    • The OSHA Jackson Area Office CAS conducted safety and health presentations for association members, focused on the electrical industry.
    • During this period several EPA of MS members shared information on best practices.
    • The OSHA Area Office participated in the EPA of MS Annual Safety Coordinators Conference.
    • OSHA participated in the EPA of MS Full-Time Safety Coordinator Round Table Meeting.
    • OSHA participated in the Arboriculture Seminar.
    • OSHA participated in the Underground Damage Prevention Summit.
    Products
     
    • None
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health FY 2009

    Events
     
    • OSHA participates in the Electric Utility Advisory Board, which oversees the new Electrical Utility Technology program at Pearl River Community College (PRCC).
    • EPA of MS representatives promoted their good working relationship with OSHA at national safety coordinators meetings.
    • OSHA participated in the Full-Time Safety Coordinator Round Table Meeting.
    • During this period OSHA participated in the Lineman’s Rodeo was conducted at Holmes Community College and the event was posted on the OSHA Event Page.
    Products
     
    • None
  4. Results

    Refer to the events above

  5. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2010
     
    • Continued participation in the EPA-MS Alliance and the Pearl River Community College Alliance, which focused on the prevention of safety and health hazards in the electrical transmission and distribution industry.
    • Participation in Arboriculture Seminar in winter 2010.
    • Participation in Underground Damage Prevention Summit in fall of 2009.

Report Prepared by: Courtney Bohannon, Compliance Assistance Specialist

For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to OSHA's website.